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Melissa Bieman begins her first season as an assistant softball coach at Seton Hall University. Bieman will work primarily with the Pirates' pitching staff and also coordinate recruiting efforts.
Bieman spent three seasons at Columbia University, working with the Lions' pitching staff while also serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. After just two seasons on the job, she turned the Columbia pitching staff into one of the best units in the Ivy League, where it ranked second in the league with a 2.76 earned run average and 236 strikeouts. In 2014, Columbia enjoyed the best season in program history, finishing 22-22 overall while competing for the Ivy League South Division Title, finishing second in the standings.
Prior to joining the staff at Columbia, Bieman was the head assistant softball coach at Stony Brook University from 2008-11. The Seawolves experienced a great deal of success during Bieman's tenure, with the school-record setting performances of the pitching staff playing a critical role in that run.
During her time with Stony Brook, the team set four program records, including lowest team earned run average (2.36), most wins (36) and individual saves, and most strikeouts in a game.
Led by America East Pitcher of the Year Alyssa Struzenberg, Stony Brook won the America East championship and advanced to the NCAA Softball Regionals in Tempe, Ariz. The following season, the Seawolves won the conference's regular season championship, and they were the runner-up in the conference tournament in 2010.
Bieman began her coaching career at Binghamton University, where she was an assistant coach for the 2005-06 season, developing pitching and hitting practice schedules and workouts, in addition to assisting with recruiting efforts and the strength & conditioning program.
Her collegiate playing career began at Florida Community College at Jacksonville, posting a 23-4 record with a 0.26 earned run average while earning All-State and All-Conference accolades after the 1998 and 1999 seasons. From there, she went on to play two years at Syracuse University, recording the first hit, shutout and home run in program history, while starting every game in 2000.
Bieman's professional career included stints in New Zealand and Canada. She played for the Waitakere Bears in the New Zealand Women's Premiere Softball League, being named league MVP in 2001. Bieman also played for the Kitchener Krush of the Candadian Senior Women's Fastpitch league, winning championships in 2006 and 2009.
A native of Ontario, Canada, Bieman was selected to try out for the Canadian National team in 2002 and 2003.
She graduated from Syracuse in 2001 with a bachelor of science in consumer studies with a concentration in sports marketing.